3 Licking County men charged in case involving sexual abuse of toddlers

Michael Allen, David Fairchild and Jessie Szuba (Franklin County Sheriff's Office)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Documents were unsealed Tuesday evening charging three Ohio men with crimes related to child pornography.

In May, a federal grand jury charged David E. Fairchild, 45, of Kirkersville, Jesse G. Szuba, 31, of Newark, and Mike Allen, 36, of Heath, in a second superseding indictment unsealed yesterday evening. Fairchild and Szuba are each charged with conspiring to produce child pornography, among other related crimes.

According to court documents, in January 2018, the Franklin County ICAC Task Force received a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding a video depicting child sexual abuse. The video was uploaded to Google from the username “David TwistedBottomFreak Fairchild” and depicted an adult male raping a toddler.

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The 11-count second superseding indictment alleges Fairchild sexually abused a female victim, born in 2016, and created child pornography involving the victim.

Likewise, it is alleged that Szuba attempted to produce child pornography involving a boy born in 2014.

The indictment goes on to detail their interactions online, including exchanging child pornography files and discussing plans to rape children.

Fairchild sent child pornography files to Allen, as well.

Szuba pleaded guilty in late August to advertising for child pornography, which is punishable by a range of 15 to 30 years in prison.

Conspiring to produce child pornography is also a federal crime punishable by a range of 15 to 30 years in prison. Receiving child pornography carries a potential sentence of five to 20 years in prison.

An indictment merely contains allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.